By Rowan Shiell
This week is aptly dubbed rivalry week as most teams play their most passionate games against their rivals. That’s probably one reason why most of the usual suspects didn’t have their best games over the week.
Will Neighbour fouled out with six points and five rebounds as Arkansas-Little Rock went down to Arkansas State.
Ben Mockford once told me the Battle of Brooklyn (between St Francis (NY) and Long Island university) was quite intense. This year it was played at the Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets. Mockford was practically shut out with only three points (3-3 on free throws), though St Francis would only lose by eight.
Lee Goldsbrough came up big for Providence last week, in two crucial victories, including one over Cincinnati, but only recorded three minutes in a ten point victory over South Florida on Wednesday. Ok, not entirely down to him as he can’t shine without the requisite playing time.
Ashley Hamilton has now been relegated to the bench as his coach tries everything to regain control of the season. They have now lost nine in a row. Even when they are in the game they find a way to lose. They took San Diego to overtime and lost by one. More recently they lost by two points to Pepperdine, last Thursday. They went on an 8-0 run and were leading 50-46 with 3.31 on the clock. They never scored again in the game. Not the ideal senior season for Hamilton. That team is a lot better than their record.
Not everyone had a bad week; some guys found ways to win even if their individual numbers are below par while others remain a beacon of consistency.
Keith Rendleman | North Carolina-Wilmington | Senior | Forward
Rendleman recorded his fifteenth double double of the season. At the moment he is tied for sixth place for players recording double doubles.
First on Saturday, UNCW lost to Hofstra (6-18, 3-8 CAA) despite leading by ten points after the first half. Rendleman was good for 13 points and 10 rebounds to go with three blocks and a steal.
On Wednesday, after going into the second half with a sixteen point deficit, Rendleman rallied UNCW to outscore William and Mary (10-14, 4-9 CAA) by ten points in the second half. The 6’8” forward scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the six point loss. He also had three blocks and two steals.
Rendleman is currently twelfth in the NCAA in rebounds per game and ninth in total rebounds for the season.
Alasdair Fraser | Maine | Junior | Forward | @bigali15
Fraser didn’t have his usual numbers over the week but his team won both games. On Saturday they took down Albany (18-8, 7-5 Am. East) 66-52 with Fraser scoring 11 points and grabbing five rebounds. The Scottish forward was limited by foul trouble finishing the game one foul shy of being disqualified.
Next game he scored only nine points and grabbed a season low, three rebounds in a two point victory over Hartford (14-11, 7-5 Am. East).
Maine is now 5-7 for sixth place in the America East Conference.
Andrew Lawrence | College of Charleston | Senior | Guard | @andrewcofc04
Andrew Lawrence sank a free throw, with .03 seconds left on the clock, to give Charleston a three point lead over Chattanooga (9-15, 4-7 Southern), on Saturday. After a missed three pointer that would have tied the score, Charleston won the tightly contested game. Lawrence finished with 13 points, three rebounds and an assist.
Next up was conference leading Davidson (18-7, 13-1 Southern). The first half was competitive but the game got away from Charleston in the second half to snap a six game winning streak.
Lawrence finished with 10 points and three rebounds. This is the second time this season he has finished a game with no assists.
Charleston is now third, overall, in the Southern Conference.
Fahro Alihodzic | UAB | Junior | Center
On Saturday, UBA got the better of Marshall (10-14, 3-6 C-USA) with a score of 75-61. Marshall normally averages 39 rebounds a game but tallied ten less in the loss. Part of the reason was Alihodzic who had a season high nine rebounds to go with eight points.
Next game was a loss to East Carolina (14-9, 5-5 C-USA) on Wednesday. Alihodzic scored eleven points.
Dale Francis | Texas A&M Corpus Christi | Freshman | Forward
Francis had a career high 10 points on Thursday night, going 5/7 from the field and adding 3 rebounds in just 16 minutes as his Islanders got a 75-68 victory over Central Arkansas.
Francis is averaging 2.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 17.2 minutes per game so far in his Freshman year, but the Islanders are struggling, sitting one from bottom in the Southland Conference at 3-9 (4-18 overrall).
Thoughts? Anyone else deserve a mention?